IPPR North: North will receive “indefensible” £2,555 less per person than London

IPPR North press release 24th January 2018 “New analysis released today by the leading think-tank for the North of England, IPPR North, has found that London will receive £4,155 per person, compared to £1,600 in the North. A gap of £2,555 per person. This means that planned transport investment in London is almost 2.6 times higher per person than in the North.

Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East are the English regions set to receive the least planned transport spending. Yorkshire and the Humber is set to receive £844 per person, the North East will receive £855, and the North West will see £2,439 for transport.

The new independent analysis comes after government published its own regional breakdown before Christmas and wrote to MPs claiming it had reversed the historical trend.

Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North, Luke Raikes, said:

“Despite the Transport Secretary’s recent statements, London is still set to receive almost three times more transport investment per person than the North. This is indefensible.

“The North has been underfunded in comparison to London for decades, and our figures demonstrate that ministers have failed to redress this imbalance. This failure will continue to hold back the North and the country until the government acts.”

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